Boats sink, but cars aren’t supposed to — especially driving down a highway.
But this is what Kluane MLA Gary McRobb is worried about.
The North Alaska Highway, primarily from the US border to the Donjek River Bridge is full of sinkholes, he said.
“The chipseal is suspended above huge cavities and when it collapses the holes could take the front tire right off a semi.”
McRobb has seen pictures of highway crew standing in the holes with only their helmets peaking out.
“There were more accidents on that stretch of road this summer, and I’m worried people are going to get killed,” said McRobb.
“It’s the same situation on the Dempster, the road is sinking without warning.”
Truckers are worried about it, and government is not taking the proper precautions — it’s not filling the holes properly, he said.
McRobb has watch crews fill holes, only to find they’ve sunk another half-metre the next day.
“Hopefully we can address it, but it is Mother Nature,” said Highways Minister Archie Lang.
“It’s got nothing to do with the minister or this government — it’s got to do with Mother Nature, and Mother Nature is the reason the road is in the condition it’s in.”